Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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Lincoln College presents 'Columbinus' Feb. 26

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[February 17, 2009]  The tragedy of Columbine High School in 1999 left many people wondering why. A decade later the Lincoln College Theatre Department will open the spring semester with the performance of "Columbinus." The related drama probes the psychological warfare of alienation, hostility and social pressure that goes on in high schools across America. "Columbinus" opens Feb. 26 in the Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Lincoln College.

Insurance"Columbinus" is a fascinating and heartbreaking examination of human behavior, based on interviews with Colorado residents. The play first creates a general world of adolescence and then morphs into the factual events leading specifically to the school shootings. Ultimately, "Columbinus" asks more than just "Why?" but perhaps more importantly, "Why do people treat each other the way they do?"

The actors guide the audience into the complex world of adolescence as they play the stereotypes from any American high school. As the characters humanize and discover their commonality, the play moves from fiction to fact as two outsiders become Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two gunmen who killed fellow classmates and a teacher. The script uses dialogue taken directly from the killers’ journal entries, Web postings, videos and other police archives, along with interviews with Columbine teachers, students and their families.

"Columbinus" was written by Stephen Karam and P.J. Paparelli and is being directed by Chris Gray, Lincoln College fine arts chairman.

Lincoln College students performing in "Columbinus" are Brianna Trimble of Danville, who plays the role of the Perfect student; C.J. Garman of Cahokia, in the role of the Prep student; Mikel Frost of Lincoln, playing the role of the Coach; Morgan Walton McNeal of Calumet City, in the role of the Teacher; Zach Williams of Danvers, in the role of the Freak student; Marjorie White of Lincoln, who plays the role of the Faith student; Josh Dobkins of Hoopeston, who plays the role of the AP student, a student in the Advanced Placement program; John Anderson Jr. of Hinsdale, playing the role of the Jock student; Tinesheia Howard of Chicago, in the role of the Rebel student; Leatrice McKay of Chicago, in the role of the Mother; Pierre Phipps of Chicago, in the role of the Loner student; and Tim Bell of Park Forest, playing the role of the Manager student.

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Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 1.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call 217-732-3155, ext. 280, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

[Text from file received from Lincoln College]


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